Snow

September 25, 2016--City Council OKs purchase of new snow-storage site (Durango Herald)

The city may store its snow above the Durango Tech Center this winter instead of dumping it in Cundiff Park near the Animas River. The Durango City Council unanimously agreed late Tuesday to buy 3.35 acres of open space near the end of Tech Center Drive for about $374,000. This comes as a relief to Donna Nazario, property manager and resident at Rivergate Lofts, because the snow


May 26, 2016--Global warming: Spring snow a no-go? (Science Daily)

Spring snowpack, relied on by ski resorts and water managers throughout the Western United States, may be more vulnerable to a warming climate in coming decades, according to a new University of Utah study. The study, accepted for publication in Geophysical Research Letters, models the year-to-year variability in precipitation and temperature in Utah's Wasatch Mountains a


October 19, 2015--El Niño likely to break state drought (Cortez Journal)

The Four Corners is still trending toward a wetter, cooler winter thanks to a strong El Niño, reports the National Weather Service in Grand Junction. The 2015-16 winter forecast from December to February shows a 33 to 40 percent chance that the Four Corners will be wetter than normal.


September 21, 2015--Forecast: El Niño one big baby (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Western Coloradans might consider keeping an umbrella handy this fall thanks to the development of a strong El Niño weather system. Less clear is the degree to which snow-sport enthusiasts and those concerned with the adequacy of water supplies should count on a heavier-than-average overall snowpack this winter.


June 10, 2015--Wettest month in history (Pueblo Chieftain)

Last month was the wettest on record for the contiguous United States, according to federal meteorologists. On average 4.36 inches of rain and snow — mostly rain — fell over the Lower 48 in May, sloshing past October 2009 which had been the wettest month in U.S. records with 4.29 inches.


February 23, 2015--Snow causing headaches for some, free day for others (Durango Herald)

The Colorado Department of Transportation will be doing avalanche control on Coal Bank, Molas and Red Mountain passes throughout the day after a storm dumped as much as 24 inches of snow in the region. The work will require delays, which could be lengthy, said Nancy Shanks, CDOT spokeswoman in Durango.


January 27, 2015--Why bigger snowstorms come with global warming (Inside Climate News)

As the oceans warm due to the burning of fossil fuels, the atmosphere above can hold more moisture, which in turn fuels the creation of the most intense precipitation events. The mid-Atlantic is currently 2 degrees Fahrenheit above normal. In the spring, summer and fall, that translates into more of the most intense rainstorms.


October 17, 2014--Another warm winter likely for western U.S., South may see colder weather (NOAA)

Below average temperatures are favored in parts of the south-central and southeastern United States, while above-average temperatures are most likely in the western U.S., Alaska, Hawaii and New England, according to the U.S. Winter Outlook, issued today by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. While drought may improve in some portions of the U.S.


May 20, 2014--Water goes 'missing' with snow loss (BBC News)

A new study finds that if temperatures rise and more precipitation falls as rain rather than snow, it will reduce the total amount of water in rivers. It is a surprising observation. One might expect the timing of water flow to change but not the overall volume.


May 13, 2014--Snow in Rockies but Western drought continues (Washington Post)

A powerful spring storm that dumped more than 3 feet of snow in some parts of the Rockies closed a major national trucking route for more than 24 hours, snapped power lines and drew skiers to the slopes of Colorado’s only remaining open ski area.


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